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Kelloggs to close London plant in the new year lay off 500

LONDON, Ont. — The Kellogg’s plant in London, Ont., will close by the end of 2014, resulting in the loss of more than 500 full-time jobs.The employees were told the news Tuesday during a staff meeting.[np_storybar title=”How Ontario’s government is driving away jobs” link=”http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/12/09/terence-corcoran-ontario-driving-jobs-out-with-blue-boxes-green-energy/”%5DTerence Corcoran: Slowly but surely, Ontario’s central planning public policies — from green energy to Blue Boxes — are driving business out of the province. Find out how [/np_storybar]“As with any project of this scope and one that impacts people, these are difficult decisions,” John Bryant, president and chief executive of Kellogg Company said in a statement.“We are very mindful of the impact these changes will have — particularly to our employees. As our employees and others would expect from Kellogg, we will help those who are impacted through their transitions.”Just last month, the company announced that it was laying off 110 workers by January 2014.Kellogg’s has been in London since 1924.The cuts are part of an overall restructuring by Kellogg’s to streamline their operations by 2018.Almost all traditional cereal makers are facing a declines in sales, as more Canadians choose breakfast meals such as shakes and cereal bars over pouring a bowl of cereal. As a result, the London plant has produced less of their 27 different varieties of cereal every year.“Cereal sales have declined and we have significant excess capacity in our cereal manufacturing network,” said Kellogg’s company spokeswoman, Kris Charles. “As a result, we have a compelling business need to align our global manufacturing capacity with customer demand, as well as reduce our costs, in order to be competitive and sustainable in the future.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley The company said it will also close its snacks plant in Charmhaven, Australia by late 2014. Efforts will then be diverted to expanding its cereal and snacks plant in Rayong, Thailand by 2015.London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen called the closure “simply heartbreaking news and another devastating blow to London.”“We already have thousands of Londoners desperate for work and the situation isn’t a whole lot better in other communities,” she said in a statement Tuesday. “This will only add to the hopelessness many families are feeling about the chance to get back to work and get back on their feet.”The city’s manufacturing industry has already taken big hits over the years, with plant closures including Electro-Motive and Ford Talbotville, she added. Citing government data, Ms. Mathyssen said since November 2006 there have been 11,300 fewer manufacturing jobs in London.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley London Mayor Joe Fontana said he would have liked to have the opportunity to sit down with Kellogg’s, along with other levels of government, to explore other solutions and avoid the closure.But Kellogg’s board of directors made the decision to close the plant three days ago, he said, and his council only learned of the closure today.The timing of the announcement was “very bad,” Mr. Fontana said.“Just before Christmas? Come on. At the end of the day, let’s have a little bit of heart here,” he said. “Obviously, they made a decision three days ago, but I think there would have been a better way, a constructive way.”But with the string of manufacturing plant closures in Ontario, most recently the Heinz plant in Leamington, Ont., it is a clear “wakeup call” for provincial and federal governments to “do things differently.”“There’s no doubt that there needs to be a game change for federal, provincial, municipal governments to work with businesses to see how it is that we can make sure that these kinds of jobs and businesses are not lost,” Mr. Fontana said.Last month, food producer Heinz announced it was closing its tomato plant in Leamington, Ont., eliminating 740 full-time jobs.The shutdown will be phased over the next six to eight months and also affect up to 500 seasonal workers hired each year during the tomato-harvesting season.The Ontario government said the province will provide up to $200,000 to help the southwestern Ontario city identify and pursue new opportunities for growth.With files from Armina Ligaya, Financial Post read more

Heavy rains hamper UN tsunami relief in temporary camps in Indonesia

The world body, which is coordinating the massive global response to the disaster which left at least 165,000 people dead, more than half a million more injured and up to 5 million others in need of basic services and at risk of deadly epidemics in a dozen Indian Ocean countries, said many of the health care facilities north of Meulaboh, a particularly hard-hit area, were not functioning.Because of intensified concern over sanitation conditions for displaced persons in the area, soap and hygiene kits are now being distributed along with food, while four water-processing units have arrived in Meulaboh, in Aceh province, to provide clean water to hospitals and settlements.Meanwhile, mental health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) fear that psychological trauma among the tsunami victims is more widespread than initially believed and the agency has begun to coordinate the appropriate training of community workers.The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a finance facility to accumulate funds for long-term reconstruction efforts in the affected countries.For its part the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing some 5,000 prayer shawls to Acehnese women affected by the tsunami for tomorrow’s Muslim holy day of Eid Al-Adha.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) had scaled up its plans to hire locals in Aceh to remove debris while creating employment opportunities for up to 3,000 people, from an initial 300, over the next six months. The agency has also provided 17 units of heavy equipment and 60 crew members to clear debris and bodies from the worst-hit areas.Since the tsunami struck in Indonesia on 26 December, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered over 4,000 tons of food to 330,000 people in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. It has also provided eight tons of medical supplies while the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has distributed information on the disease in emergency settings and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has delivered over 600 reproductive health kits. read more

Viacom posts 16 pct increase in fiscal 1stqtr net income on lower

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Viacom is reporting a 16 per cent jump in net income for the first quarter thanks in part to smaller losses at its film division.The New York company, which owns Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, earned $547 million, or $1.20 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with $470 million, or 92 cents per share, in the same quarter the year before.Revenue fell 4 per cent to $3.2 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of $1.16 per share on $3.3 billion in revenue.Revenue from media networks increased 6 per cent to $2.54 billion, while filmed entertainment revenue dropped 30 per cent to $681 million.But losses related to filmed entertainment shrunk as a result of lower movie-related expenses. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Viacom posts 16 pct increase in fiscal 1st-qtr net income on lower film-related losses by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 5:43 am MDT read more

Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents points to quantum leap in tech UN

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Technology Trends report, 50 per cent of all patents for AI – the replication of human intelligence by machines for use in industries such as transport and healthcare, for instance – have been published since 2013, adding up to more than 170,000 different patented ideas.This followed on from an initial boom in AI scientific publications, which began in 2001.WIPO Director General Francis Gurry told journalists in Geneva the surge in patenting was “striking”, noting that AI research began in the 1950s. “But there has been a quantum leap since about 2013, so we’re dealing with what is happening right now in a very fast-moving field,” he insisted.‘Machine learning’ is the dominant AI applicationBy number, patent applications for machine learning, indicate that this is currently the dominant application of AI; think of apps that include ride-sharing services to minimize detours. The fastest-growing AI area is “deep learning”, however, which is used in speech recognition.This saw a 175-per cent annual increase in patent applications from 2013 to 2016, far in excess of the 33 per cent average for all patents in the same period.US and China dominate so farThe United States and China dominate the field of patent application, although only a fraction of China’s patents is filed abroad. US-based tech giant IBM leads by number of patent applications (8,290), followed by Microsoft (5,930).Japan’s Toshiba has the next highest patent tally (5,223), ahead of South Korea’s Samsung (5,102) and Japan’s NEC Group (4,406).China’s increasingly important role in the sector is also illustrated by the fact that Chinese organizations make up 17 of the top 20 academic players in AI patenting, as well as 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications.‘Major’ military, economic uses for AI In coming years, AI is set to grow with “major military and economic” uses, Mr Gurry suggested, before highlighting the importance of proposed WIPO-led discussions between Member States, on legal and ethical issues relating to intellectual property rights that have been raised by the technology.“One would expect that the strategic focus of major geopolitical players will turn to their positioning in relation to AI,” he said.Internet search giants have also been key to the AI revolution, the WIPO report shows, with Google (US) and Baidu (China) embracing the potential of the technology early on, just as Microsoft and Apple did before them.“You did say that we see some of the internet giants there,” Mr Gurry said to reporters. “Why? Because of data…because of the access they have to data.”In addition to the US and China’s large populations, the WIPO head noted the importance of State-led support for innovation in both places, which included investing in technology hubs and even training specialized patent officers.Biggest AI opportunities lie outside software industryFaced with this backing, “it’s very difficult for other countries, even those with great education, to compete with the business, engineering and investing talent” of China and the US, AI expert and CEO of Landing AI and deeplearning.ai, Andrew Ng, notes in the WIPO publication, adding that the “biggest untapped opportunities” lie outside the software industry, in areas including agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing.European diversity ‘an obstacle to machine learning’Echoing those comments, the WIPO Director General noted that the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe “is not necessarily favouring the formation of major data pools. And we all know the more data, the better for machine learning for example, the results, you are going to get”.Asked whether the world was better off because of the technology, which industry experts credit with the potential to create massive economic value, the WIPO Director General underlined the fact that the science behind it is “neutral”.“Is it (AI) good news or bad news?” he asked. “Well, I would tend to say that all technology is somewhat neutral, and it depends on what you do with it. So, insofar as you may use AI science and techniques for developing autonomous weapons systems that are going to kill us all, is not very good news, but insofar as it’s being used to improve health indicators for diagnostics, for other purposes, it’s great news.” read more

Tickets available for Opening of Term Celebration

The menu includes the choice of grilled chicken breast with roasted peach, BBQ beef brisket, or black bean and corn taco with chipotle avocado cream. Jubilee CourtyardA special guest will be on hand for Brock University’s Opening of Term Celebration Thursday, Aug. 27.Shirley Cheechoo will be making her first visit to the campus since it was announced in July she had accepted the invitation to become Brock’s next Chancellor.The annual Opening of Term Celebration kicks off the fall term each year and is hosted by President Jack Lightstone and his wife, Dorothy Markiewicz. It will be held in Jubilee Courtyard (or Market Hall if it rains) from noon to 1:30 p.m.Tickets have been subsidized by the President’s office and are $5 each, but must be purchased in advance either at the Welcome Desk or at the Brock Card Office. Tickets are available until the end of day Wednesday. The Thursday Brock Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday until Sept. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. read more

Ryanair has joined Twitterbut dont bother with queries

first_imgSO, RYANAIR HAS joined Twitter. The airline has never quite been renowned for its customer service and, although it’s early days, the @Ryanair account doesn’t seem to be in the mood for changing that anytime soon.For its first tweet Ryanair managed to poke a little fun at itself, letting us know that there will be no hidden charges for followers: (There is no word yet if Michael O’Leary will be tweeting from the account. Pic: Virginia Mayo/AP)Any hopes that Ryanair had perhaps gone a little soft may have been vanquished by the next tweet from however which hinted that they will not be taking any customers queries, directing users toward the online contact form:A couple of hours after being set up the account has yet to follow anybody either so it remains to be seen how interactive @Ryanair will be.Ryanair may be the biggest airline by passenger numbers in Europe but they have much catching up to do on twitter with competitors such as @AerLingus and @British_Airways having well maintained interactive accounts.Read: Pope joins Twitter at @pontifex – but won’t tweet until next week >Read: Pat Kenny has joined Twitter (kind of) >last_img read more

Tablet gaming is about to go hardcore

first_imgGaming console manufacturers are nervous about tablets. While there is still a measurable gap between tablet gaming and console gaming, it’s shrinking. Though Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, a couple of bits of news coming out of CES 2012 could give them cause for concern.First, Razer’s upcoming gaming tablet takes the guts of a gaming PC and puts them into a tablet — complete with dual “nunchuk” controllers. In what may be even bigger news, though, Imagination Technologies has announced that its latest PowerVR Series 6 design could make the graphics in the next iPad 20x more powerful than current-generation GPUs.Project FionaThe Razer tablet is dubbed Project Fiona, and is still only in the prototype phase. However, its potential is enough to make you start setting aside some cash. The Windows 8-running tablet will be powered by an Intel Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor, to guarantee that it’s no slouch in the speed department.Though its performance is enough to grab your attention, Project Fiona’s biggest strength may be its control scheme. This is obviously a tablet designed for the hardcore gamer. It totes dual nunchuck controllers (similar to those designed for the Wii and Playstation Move), which are attached to both sides of the tablet. This solves two problems: a) it bypasses the annoyance of gaming on a touchscreen, and b) it does so while still retaining the handheld feel of tablets.Another big perk for Project Fiona is its software compatibility. If an Android tablet manufacturer had made this, it wouldn’t mean much. Developers would have to tailor their games to work with the peripherals (ask Sony Ericsson how well that has worked). But since the tablet runs Windows 8, most PC games will work out-of-the-box. Devs can still optimize their games to work with the device’s touchscreen, but even if they ignore the device altogether, their games should still work.The Razer tablet is expected to launch sometime later this year. No official price has been listed, but it will supposedly ring up for less than $1000.PowerVR Series 6Meanwhile, Imagination Technology’s introduction of its PowerVR Series 6 core GPUs could have enormous ramifications for tablet gaming. The units promise performance that exceeds 100 gigaFLOPS, and that reaches the TeraFLOPS range. This adds up to performance that can be 20x more powerful than present-day mobile GPUs — with architecture that’s 5x more efficient.What does this have to do with Apple? The company has used the PowerVR architecture in its iPhones and iPads, and will likely continue to do so in future devices. Imagination released the names of several manufacturers who will be using the Series 6 (including Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments), but Apple tends to force partners to sign NDAs. In other words, Apple could already be placing the Series 6 units in the iPad 3 and Imagination would have to keep quiet about it.Tablets as the new consoles?These two announcements signify a bright future for tablet gaming. The last year has been promising — yet frustrating — to watch. iOS and Android titles like GTA III, Infinity Blade, and several Gameloft console clones have shown promise for the capabilities of tablets. But those same titles also reveal limits. GTA III is impressive for a mobile game, but this is a ten-year-old console game (its performance is nowhere near that of GTA IV, much less Red Dead Redemption or L.A. Noire). Infinity Blade and its sequel are impressive feats, but they utilize the old Punch-Out trick of using limited gameplay environments and reskinned characters to offer improved graphics; expand the game and it couldn’t possibly handle those same visuals. Gameloft’s titles come with varying degrees of quality, but none offer anything original (a familiar refrain is “which console franchise is Gameloft ripping off this time?”).The next year or two, however, may offer the breakthrough that we have been waiting for. The latest PowerVR GPUs can open the door to tablets that outperform current-gen consoles. Razer’s tablet, while it probably won’t have the following of the iPad, skips the need for upgraded mobile gaming and jumps straight into the far superior Windows library. While the company didn’t specifically mention these titles, it should be able to run Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and Star Wars: The Old Republic out-of-the-box.2010 was the year that Apple introduced the world to tablets. 2011 was the year that the market became saturated with (mostly struggling) competitors. 2012, however, may be the year that traditional gaming consoles begin to get replaced by tablets. While the gaming systems of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will be around for a while, they may want to start investing in that future, or risk falling behind.More at Imagination Technologies and Razerlast_img read more

Super Mario 64 hack adds multiplayer

first_imgIf you owned a Nintendo 64 back in the mid ’90s there was one game you had to have and probably played through repeatedly. That game was Super Mario 64. To this day it remains my all time favorite Mario game.Super Mario 64 was a purely single-player experience, but more than 16 years after its release someone has managed to add a two-player option to the game. That someone goes by the name of Skelux, and he’s an experienced hacker of a number of Mario games.The multiplayer option turns Super Mario 64 into a two-player co-op game. But in order to play it you are going to require an N64 emulator and a copy of the game. This isn’t something you’ll ever see running on the actual N64 hardware.As the video above demonstrates, co-op works surprisingly well with the camera panning back and responding as intended to keep the two players in view at all times. According to Skelux it works because Nintendo had originally planned to include co-op as an option in the game, but ended up shipping the cartridges without it. This hack unlocks the entirety of the game as a co-op experience.If co-op Super Mario 64 doesn’t sound like a great idea you may want to check out Skelux’s other project called Super Mario Star Road. It’s a full game modification that adds 120 stars, over 30 new areas to explore, and a number of new objects for Mario to interact with. You can see it in action in the video below:More at Super Mario Star Road, via Mashablelast_img read more

Chromebooks go on sale in six new countries

first_imgGoogle has kicked off phase two of its Chrome OS world domination plan by allowing many more of you to pop into a local store or order a Chromebook online.On the Chrome blog late last night, Google announced that Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer, and HP will now be available to customers in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Adding six new markets should give sales a solid boost, particularly when some Chromebook models will be selling for well under $300.Both online and brick-and-mortar stores will be offering Chromebooks for sale. Canada’s two biggest electronics retailers, Best Buy and Futureshop will be doing both, while HP will sell its new 14-inch Chromebook from its own web store. In the U.S., all 1,000 Best Buy stores in the country will soon have Chromebooks in stock. That includes Google’s slick, expensive, and slightly bizarre Chromebook Pixel, which sells for $1,050 more than the store’s next most expensive Chrome OS option.If, like me, you happen to live in Canada, you may want to take Best Buy up on its special offer. You can purchase Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium for just $79.99 when you buy your Chromebook! You won’t be able to install it, of course, but it’s a heck of a discount and you can always turn around and sell it on eBay or install it on one of your existing Windows machines.You’ll be getting a free, offline productivity suite soon enough anyways.  Google is bringing the QuickOffice apps that debuted on the Chromebook Pixel to the rest of the Chrome OS legion in the coming months.last_img read more

My daughter has special needs too How should we educate gifted children

first_img‘My daughter has special needs too’: How should we educate gifted children in Ireland? In Alberta, Canada, all gifted children are entitled to personalised learning plans, with the option of a specialised programme too. By Sean Murray Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 8:15 AM Mar 5th 2017, 8:15 AM https://jrnl.ie/3262936 43 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Eugene Partyzan Share89 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Canadian exampleThe Canadian state of Alberta has a population of around four million people. Its most populous city – Calgary – has a population just tipping over one million.Under Code 80 of Alberta’s Special Education Code, all children deemed “gifted” are entitled to an IPP – or individualised programme plan.Special learning needs and outcomes – including content, process, products, peer environment and assessment – are designated and monitored through this IPP.Each one is very detailed, with a checklist to ensure that elements of the child’s learning is catered for. The checklist ensures that all areas that need attention are identified and acted on. Source: Alberta Board of EducationIf a school is not able to facilitate these elements, then an alternative is available to allow more gifted children to learn among their peers.Four schools in Calgary offer the GATE – Gifted and Talented Education – programme in addition to regular classes.To be deemed eligible, children are designated as intellectually gifted when they have an IQ over 130 as determined by a registered psychologist who administers an individual standardised assessment.Then, it must be determined that adjustments in their day-to-day school life are required to address their needs.Offered for young people from the fourth grade (typically around nine to 10-year-olds) to 12th grade (around 17-18 years of age), each student is enrolled in a specialised class with peers of similar intellectual ability.Administered by the Calgary Board of Education, they say that the GATE programme is the one “most often associated” with meeting the needs of gifted learners.Students are assigned to one of the participating schools depending on the area they live in and a parent association supports and fundraises for the initiative to run and maintain high standards.One English teacher who was brought in to teach Shakespeare to GATE students aged nine was astonished at the reaction from the whole class.She told the Calgary Herald: ”Intellectually, they were at university level, but they were trapped in these little kid bodies… They just got it. For me, as a teacher, it was a dream come true.”The parents’ association also helps to fund professional development for teachers on the programme, so that they can develop more expertise in providing education for gifted children.According to the body, the programme changes and adapts as children get older. They say:In the elementary (primary school) setting, classroom work focuses on enrichment of the curriculum and development of more higher order and complex thinking skills. Would it work here?Ciara’s father filled us in on what her school – based in Meath – does to try to offer an extended learning programme for her and another classmate.He said: “They take the children once every two weeks for an hour and use a variety of non-curriculum tools and aids to try to stimulate further and extended learning. It is quite ad-hoc and dependent on availability of another teacher at the time to progress the learning.”In the state of Alberta, however, children are entitled to their own individualised plan designed to help them excel, while a further programme can be enrolled in to ensure they learn an enhanced curriculum among similarly-abled peers.The director of the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland, Dr Colm O’Reilly, told TheJournal.ie that the idea of an individualised plan for each gifted students would certainly be beneficial but isn’t sure that the funding is present for such a programme in Ireland.On the subject of something similar to the GATE programme in designated public schools around Dublin, for example, as it has a similar population to that of Calgary in Canada, O’Reilly said that it’s very useful “putting bright kids together with bright kids” as they “work well together”.He said: “Bright kids are not just uniform in that they all do well in school. Gifted children may not always be high achievers in a normal classroom. They often don’t have that motivation when they’re not being pushed or challenged.Some of these children can be hard to teach in a school context. You can have a lot of success in helping kids reach their potential when you try something a bit different.As for actually bringing it in here, O’Reilly is sceptical. A lack of funding, and a lack of enthusiasm to provide funding, in this area of education by the Department of Education would be one of the major issues, according to O’Reilly.“It’s funding contingent. It would be an improvement on what is being done in our schools, but it would be a difficult thing to achieve.It’s certainly implementable, but the question has to be asked if this form of education is a higher priority for the department than other issues and I’m not sure that’s the case.At the time of writing, the Department of Education has not responded to requests from TheJournal.ie for comment.Read: Three challenges of being an exceptionally gifted child – cyberbullying, underachieving and moneyRead: “We all have a particular talent – but it’s one with a bad reputation” Ireland is grappling with a series of challenges that are impacting our citizens’ quality of life. TheJournal.ie is examining solutions to these issues which have worked or are currently being trialled in other states and asking: Would It Work Here?CIARA (NOT HER real name) took a Mensa IQ test on her 11th birthday and received a confirmed result of 162 IQ.This places her among the top <1% of people in the country. But, her father says that the lack of special attention given to Ciara in school means that she is not fulfilling her potential.He told TheJournal.ie: “I would argue that my daughter has special needs in just the same way as a child who may be struggling with their education.She is often bored with school which turns her off education. This parallels with the experiences of children who are put off education because they struggle in class.Ireland has no real national programme for keeping young, gifted children occupied, engaged and stimulated in school.If gifted children are not stimulated in school, they may not always be high achievers and lag behind others.Individual schools must allocate resources from their existing budgets if they are to provide for extra teaching for children with high and above-average IQ.In Ireland, there are about 40,000 children classed as “exceptionally gifted”, or among the top 5% of the most intelligent young people.The closest thing we have to a nationwide programme comes from Dublin City University, which runs the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland (CTYI).From its Glasnevin campus and centres around the country, the CTYI says it aims to “allow talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age”.The CTYI offers Saturday classes during term time for younger children, and a three-week residential course for teenagers during the summer.However, those spearheading the initiative believe that changes need to be made in individual schools to allow gifted children to excel. Source: Shutterstock/PressmasterThe director of the CTYI, Dr Colm O’Reilly, agrees that the Irish education system has to change to ensure that these children reach their maximum potential, rather than a system which is geared towards ensuring everyone reaches a basic minimum.He said: “If we were talking about ensuring that children with learning difficulties were getting the best education they possibly could – this wouldn’t even be questioned.But because we’re talking about bright kids it seems to be not as accepted and people seem more reluctant to push them ahead. In the junior high (early secondary school) programme, students are offered the option to pursue acceleration of subjects in addition to enrichment. For example, a student may choose to accelerate through Maths and Science to complete grade 10 programming before the end of their grade nine-year. 19,487 Views In high school (leaving cert equivalent), students may choose GATE programming for all of their core subjects or they may choose to divide their classes between pre-advanced placement courses and/or international baccalaureate programming. Image: Shutterstock/Eugene Partyzanlast_img read more

John Elias cleared of harassment charges

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rugby league footballer and coach, John Elias, who was accused with harassing a key figure in last year’s NRL betting scandal has been cleared of any charges when it was found that the alleged victim could not remember receiving the offending text messages. Mr Elias had been accused of harassing TABCorp media manager Glenn Munsie, who had previously claimed that he thought he received a phone call on March 3 last year which called him “a maggot, a dog”. Mr Munsie has since said that he did not know the identity of the phone number and the person who made the call. Last week, the magistrate in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court decided to drop charges against Mr Elias for two counts of using a mobile phone to harass and menace and cause offence. The case was first brought to attention last year when Mr Elias was charged with attempting to defraud the TAB in relation to the NRL betting scandal. The charges were later dropped.last_img read more

St Paraskevi lays foundation stone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A foundation stone ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Paraskevi in St Albans. The ceremony was conducted by Bishop Ezekiel as a blessing for the construction of the new community hall, which is expected to commence soon.Amongst those gathered on the day was the Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou. Following the ceremony, the Labor MP took to Facebook to share her thoughts on the impending project. “Congratulations to Father Demos and his committee for their hard work,” Ms Vamvakinou wrote. “Once the community hall is built, it will be a welcomed asset to the local community.”last_img

‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’

first_imgStay on target Update: Here’s the first trailer for Project Resistance, now confirmed to be a multiplayer team-based Resident Evil game. We see the survivors take on all sorts of zombies before facing down what appears to be Mr. X pulling the strings. But Capcom promises even more details at the Tokyo Games Show this week.Like a zombie, Capcom’s Resident Evil series refuses to die. Unlike a zombie, that’s a good thing. The seminal survival horror series has gifted us some of the greatest games of all time like the original Resident Evil, Resident Evil 4, and this year’s Resident Evil 2 remake. The franchise can’t just rest on its undead laurels though. It has to look forward into the terrifying future. And soon we’ll have a better idea what the future of Resident Evil looks like.Capcom recently put up a website teasing something called “Project Resistance.” If the highlighted “RE” in “Resistance” doesn’t give it away, this has got to be some new Resident Evil game. The spooky found footage look of the website also recalls the franchise’s most recent rebirth in Resident Evil 7.So Project Resistance is a Resident Evil game, but what kind of Resident Evil game? Resident Evil 8 and Resident Evil 3 remake seem like obvious choices. But actually we’re thinking this is some kind of multiplayer thing. Leaked trailer images (discovered by Reddit user 5eye-samurai) show four somewhat generic looking survivors, perfect for co-op horror.Someone found tiny Project Resistance thumbnails from the YouTube linkhttps://t.co/Wxczi0iKslDefinitely looks like a 4-player coop multiplayer game to me pic.twitter.com/Ao40th9WLY— Nibel (@Nibellion) August 29, 2019Also, earlier this month Capcom announced they would be testing a new Resident Evil game in Los Angeles and New York later in September. Online multiplayer games need testing in ways single-player games do not. And the series has a history with this kind of format going all the way back to Resident Evil Outbreak. We just hope it’s better than Umbrella Corps.Whatever Project Resistance is we’ll find out in just a few days. The full trailer drops on September 9 and Capcom will show off the game at Tokyo Games Show from September 12-15. For more check out this Resident Evil 2 mod that makes Mr. X wear and thong and read our review of Devil May Cry 5, which runs on the same gorgeous RE engine that presumably powers Project Resistance. ‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card GamesThese Are the Games You Should Check Out This Month last_img read more

Supreme court extends Subrata Roys parole till July 11

first_imgThe Supreme Court of India on Wednesday extended the parole permit to Sahara chief Subrata Roy until July 11, reported NDTV news channel. The beleaguered businessman can now stay out of jail a month more than the earlier June 6 deadline.The release was warranted on a rider that Roy would deposit Rs. 200 crore with the Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) by the new date to avoid re-arrest.The Financial Express reported that the apex court also directed the securities market regulator to continue to auction Sahara assets to recover dues the company owes many small investors.The top court has also restricted Roy’s movement within the country. Meanwhile, Roy has submitted an affidavit listing out his immovable assets, and requested that the details be kept secret.The apex court had on Friday granted four weeks’ conditional release to Roy to perform the last rites of his mother, who passed away at the age of 95. The businessman has been in the jail for over two years over non-repayment of money to Sahara investors.last_img read more

Texas Company Recalls Nearly 4 Tons Of Ground Beef Products

first_img Share Photo via PixabayThe U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the recall by PFP Enterprises, also operating as Texas Meat Packers.A Fort Worth meatpacker is recalling nearly 4 tons of ground beef products that contain soy but the allergen is not listed on the labels.The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the recall by PFP Enterprises, also operating as Texas Meat Packers.The recall includes 40-pound cases containing four 10-pound bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4013 and labeled Patterson Food Processors. The recall also includes 10-pound cases containing two 5-pound bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4012 and labeled Patterson Food Processors.The raw, frozen items were produced Sept. 28 and have “EST. 34715” inside the USDA mark of inspection.The USDA has no reports of anyone getting sick. Recalled items should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.last_img read more

MCU News Luke Cage Has a New Trailer and Marvel Has All

first_img Look, Avengers: Infinity War left us all in a weird place. Many of us still aren’t over what happened at the end of that. But there’s still Marvel stuff happening. Especially over in the Netflix corner which, despite purportedly taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is often oddly unaffected by its larger events. For example, Luke Cage comes out soon and no one seems to have gone missing. To be fair, it probably takes place before Thanos gets to Earth. You know, like Ant-Man and the Wasp does. That’s not going to make the Marvel stuff between now and next May any less weird. Fortunately, the trailer looks fun enough that we probably won’t care.Alright Luke Cage, you have my attention. So that trailer gives us a little bit more context for the teaser we saw earlier this year. He is doing some Hero for Hire work, and it looks like most of Harlem appreciates what he’s doing. Not everyone does, of course. Especially not the police who, it looks like, try to lock him up for something they can’t prove he did. Good thing he has a friend in the department. Speaking of which, Misty Knight looks like such a badass with her new metal arm. I’m definitely excited to watch her and Luke Cage beat up some bad guys together.And speaking of bad guys, we have one in this trailer. There’s a new criminal in town and he’s taking Luke’s challenge very seriously. I’ll admit I gasped a bit when the skinny dude in this trailer floored Luke Cage with one punch. That’s not something you’re used to seeing when it comes to this particular hero. Marvel hinted at the identity of this season’s villain in a tweet yesterday. It was just a gif of a train heading into New York, and a ticket briefly flying in across the screen. SPOILER……………..“Dad”— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 6, 2018Destroyed. Avengers 4 releases in theaters in just under a year. After this reveal, I guess I’ll go cry into a pillow until then. Trouble is coming. pic.twitter.com/w305hrHtuA— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) May 6, 2018Did you catch it? It’s quick, but the name on the ticket is John McIver. In the comics, that’s the name of Bushmaster, a crime boss who often fought Iron Fist, Misty Knight and Power Man. Since two of those three heroes are in this trailer (and I wouldn’t mind if the other never showed up), he seems like a perfect villain for season two. He won’t be the only one, either. Mariah Dillard is back, and she isn’t over the events of season one. Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis and Annabella Sciorra also play villains this season. On the one hand, that might help the show’s serious pacing issues from Season one. On the other, too many villains can unfocus a show. One really good villain can carry a whole season. Too many OK ones can make it a mess. We don’t have long to wait until we see how this all plays out. Luke Cage arrives on Netflix June 22.(Via Marvel)After Luke Cage comes out, we’re right back into the Marvel Movie cycle. As fun as Ant-Man and the Wasp looks, what we’re really all excited for now is Captain Marvel. Her logo appeared briefly right at the end of Infinity War, so you know she’ll have a big part to play in Avengers 4. Before we get there, we have to be properly introduced. That’s where next February’s Captain Marvel comes in. And now we might know exactly what the plot of the movie will be.We already know it will take place in the 1990s. Maybe we’ll learn why Nick Fury still has to contact her by pager in 20-whenever Infinity War takes place. In any case, we’ll see a two-eyed Nick Fury, un-stabbed Phil Coulson, and un-blown-up Ronan the Accuser. Bustle put together a pretty probable case for what the plot is going to be. It’s looking very likely that the movie will follow the comics very closely to tell the story of Carol Danvers’ origin. In the comics, she’s an Air Force pilot in the Intelligence unit, which is how she meets Fury. That puts her at NASA, where she comes across two warring alien races, the Kree (specifically Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel), and the shape-shifting Skrulls. She and Mar-Vell get caught in an explosion together, and she winds up with some of his powers.We’ve already seen some videos of Brie Larson’s intense training regimen, but it looks like that’s happening at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. I can’t think of a reason for the training to happen there unless they were going to follow her origin pretty closely. That could very easily make up the first half or so of the movie. With a bunch of ’90s references scattered throughout, of course. No one knows better than Marvel how much money there is in nostalgia.Avengers: Infinity War (via Marvel)If you’ve noticed how crowded Infinity War screenings still are, you’ve probably already guessed that the movie made a boatload of money. You’d be right, but it’s probably an even bigger boat than the one you’re thinking of. In its second weekend in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War became the fastest film ever to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times. It also had the second-biggest opening weekend ever, coming in behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the United States and Canada alone, it’s made more than $450 million, so yeah. People are seeing this movie. What makes that billion-dollar milestone especially wild is that the movie hasn’t even opened in China yet. That’s where many movies make the most money now, and Marvel expects to make a ton more money once Infinity War opens in China. Disney’s just going to have all the money one day, aren’t they?Avengers: Infinity War trailer (Via Marvel)Now that the movie has been out for two weekends, we can talk about it a little more freely. If you haven’t seen it yet, and are still trying to avoid spoilers… what are you doing? Assuming you have seen it though, you probably noticed the absence of a few superheroes, but only one of them was mentioned in the movie. The Hulk. He fought Thanos at the beginning, but spent the rest of the movie refusing to come out. That may have confused fans who clearly remember Hulk being in the battle at Wakanda in the trailer. It turns out that was the entire point.CBR reports that Joe and Anthony Russo revealed a few secrets during a presentation at the Smithsonian. They said that for this movie, they wanted to force Bruce Banner to step up and be the hero, rather than The Hulk. That was always the plan. So why did some trailers include footage of The Hulk in Wakanda? To confuse you. To misdirect fans and keep them guessing. Those scenes probably won’t end up on the blu-ray because they were never part of the movie to begin with. The brief shots of the Hulk were put together just for the trailers. To make sure nobody would have any idea what happened in the movie. I have to say, it was pretty successful.Finally, there was one question on a lot of fans’ minds after the end of Avengers: Infinity War. When Thanos snaps his fingers, and we all watch the characters we’ve grown to love get taken away from us, what does Groot say? As he was being phased out of existence, he said something to Rocket that we couldn’t understand. One fan asked James Gunn about it on Twitter, and he was in an especially giving mood. He told everyone what was written in the script. Prepare yourself; it’s a real rough one. 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KMC to charge money from owners for not cleaning garbage

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will charge money from owners of private houses, bodies of housing complexes and authorities looking after government properties for not cleaning garbage from their premises.This was decided at a high-level meeting held in the office of Borough XI on Wednesday.Representatives of Boroughs X and XII also attended the meeting. Atin Ghosh, Mayor-in-Council (Health), KMC Commissioner, Director Generals of building, solid waste management also attended the meeting. The Councilors of the Wards under the Boroughs were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA similar meeting will be held on September 22 in the office of Borough XIV. The senior officials of Boroughs XIII, XIV, XV and XVI will attend the meeting.The meetings are being held as a part of the drives against dengue.It was decided that the KMC will issue notices under Section 496A of the KMC Act to the owners who fail to clear garbage from their premises. The workers of the solid waste management department of the KMC will clear garbage from the premises and in the case of individual houses, the charges will be added to the property tax. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn case of government properties, the KMC will send the bill to the authorities looking after the buildings.In case the owners fail to pay the money, the KMC will file cases against them in the MunicipalCourt.In case of individual buildingswhere the civic authorities will fail to spot the owners or that are kept under lock and key for years together, the civic authorities in presence of local police will break open the lock and clean the premises. Senior KMC officials said that unless the individual house owners, authorities and bodies looking after the government buildings and housing complexes clean garbage from the premises, it is impossible for KMC to clean garbage from each and every premise which is the responsibility of the owners.They further added that to make the anti-dengue drive successful, cooperation from the owners of houses and authorities of institutional buildings is required.It may be mentioned that the civic authorities are engaging the Durga Puja committees to create awareness against dengue in their respective areas and the best Puja committee will be given cash award.”It is a collective drive and we seek cooperation from people representing all walks of life,” said Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor-in-Council (Health).last_img read more

Perfecto introduces Perfecto Codeless a codeless testing solution based on AI

first_imgJust two days ago, Perfecto, a Perforce Software company introduced Perfecto Codeless, an AI-driven codeless testing solution for eliminating the need for coding skills in the dev testing process. Perfecto Codeless will help the development teams to automate the process of writing test scripts as it comes with machine learning (ML) capabilities. The scripts will be allowed to run continuously and fix themselves without disrupting operations. Eran Yaniv, Founder, and CEO at Perfecto wrote to us in an email, “Across our customer base, the number one cause of automation failure is scripting issues. This a huge barrier for achieving good test automation and teams making their way towards continuous testing. With the introduction of Perfecto Codeless, we are harnessing the power of machine learning to offer the next generation of codeless automation testing capabilities. By eliminating the need to write and maintain test scripts, teams save time and can focus on more complex tasks.” The development teams have the coding skills for writing Selenium or Appium scripts but it is better if their time is spent on product development and innovation. Perfecto Codeless comes with tools that help the teams to quickly generate quality test scripts and maintain them. Features of Perfecto Codeless Smart capabilities to maintain scripts Perfecto’s ML capabilities address object maintenance issues within the code. If there is a need for deleting, moving or changing the code, Perfecto Codeless makes it happen agnostically without delaying the process. Interconnected components All the components of the testing process are connected right from creation to execution and analysis. Codeless automation in the cloud Perfecto Codeless provides codeless test automation in the cloud that allows teams to manage the pace and demands that come with test automation. Perfecto Codeless also provides the flexibility, performance, and scalability needed to ensure quality throughout the SDLC. Eran Kinsbruner, Chief Evangelist at Perfecto wrote to us in an email, “In recent years, codeless test automation has become a top priority for testers, as well as the developers that aim to expedite their test creation and maximize testing reliability. These professionals are looking at codeless as a preferred solution to embed into their testing responsibilities. Perfecto Codeless will take DevOps to the next level, relieving testers and developers of the time-intensive responsibility of coding and giving them time back to focus on product development and innovation to help accelerate the software delivery lifecycle (SDLC) for their business.” Read Next Rachel Batish’s 3 tips to build your own interactive conversational app DeepMind researchers provide theoretical analysis on recommender system, ‘echo chamber’ and ‘filter bubble effect’ Waymo to sell its 3D perimeter LIDAR sensors to companies outside of self-drivinglast_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12 2019 824

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2019 8:24 am PDT Ballerina Hannah Fischer is seen in this undated handout photo. The National Ballet of Canada will debut a fresh take on the classic “Swan Lake” staged by artistic director Karen Kain, a 50-year veteran of the Toronto company, in its 2019-2020 season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Karolina Kuras, National Ballet of Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT* National Ballet’s Karen Kain to make directorial debut with revamped ‘Swan Lake’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — The National Ballet of Canada will present a fresh take on the classic “Swan Lake” from Karen Kain, a 50-year veteran of the Toronto company, in her directorial debut.In a statement, the artistic director says the June 2020 restaging will accentuate the love story that has given the ballet its emotional staying power.A spokeswoman says this will be only the second time Kain has restaged a ballet for the company — the first was Rudolf Nureyev’s “The Sleeping Beauty” in 2006.  The 2019-2020 season will also feature new works from choreographic associate Robert Binet with “Opheus Alive,” billed as a gender-flipped retelling of the legendary love affair between Orpheus and Eurydice, and Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s followup to her 2009 award-winning ballet “Emergence.”Company premieres include Frederick Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand,” George Balanchine’s “Chaconne” and Jiri Kylian’s “Petite Mort.”Audiences will also have a chance to revisit favourites such as “Giselle,” “The Nutcracker” and “Romeo and Juliet.”The company will head to Washington, D.C., next winter to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, followed by its annual trip to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in April 2020.The National Ballet is also launching a project called CreativAction that aims to support the dance community by loaning out free studio space, fostering collaborations with the company and comissioning small-scale works from choreographers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

November 26 2014HAPPY THANKSGIVING to family and

first_imgNovember 26, 2014HAPPY THANKSGIVING to family and friends near and far.Much to be grateful for! Here are a few snapshots by photographer Ivan Pintar of the very early years at Arcosanti. Ivan was part of the Cosanti Foundation from the early 1960’s until his death at Cosanti in 1994. The Soleri Archives at Arcosanti houses his enormous slide collection.Here we see silt preparation of the panels for the South Vault.The side panels of the Vaults are in place, also the foundations of the Ceramics Apse.The South Vault.This photo is by Annette Del Zoppo.View from the top of the Vaults to the Ceramics Apse and Foundry.Silt work on the Foundry Apse.The Foundry Apse roof pour.Paolo Soleri on the silt for the Foundry apartment roof.last_img